Natural remedies have been used for treating various illnesses for centuries. The body recovers faster and won’t cause any side effects unlike the prescribed medications we have today.
As the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine suggests, in order to heal namturally, our body requires the joined work of organs and tissues, and herbs support this system by addressing underlying issues and avoiding side effects.
One of the most effective natural remedies is the wild lettuce, also known as Lactuca virosa. This plant is native to North America and England and is a very powerful pain killer.
This plant is biennial and it looks may vary depending on the season. It has yellow flowers or mature leaves and grows up to 7 feet.
It offers potent sedative and pain-relieving properties.
Thanks to its ability to work as a sedative, it can treat insomnia and relax the body, and soothes spasm and anxiety. Moreover, it calms the nervous system, and relaxes the muscles, so it is especially useful in the case of:
- Spasms and cramps
- Stress-induced indigestion
Furthermore, it is able to relieve muscle pain, menstrual cramps, as well as other irritated tissues. Even though it works as an opium, it is not addictive or harmful. Wild lettuce can also be used as a natural antiseptic.
In order to get the medicinal benefits, you should utilize the dry leaves which are plucked in July and August. If you can’t find dry leaves, the supplement can work as well.
Use a 2-4ml tincture about three times daily or 1-2 teaspoons of the dried leaves steeped in boiling water for 10-15 minutes to infuse the nutrients in the water.
It can cause irritation if applied directly on the skin. That’s why you should do small patch test before use. Avoid in the case of pregnancy, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, an allergy to ragweed and similar plants, or if you are preparing for a surgery.
Prescribed medications and pain killers can cause many side effects. They are also highly addictive, so they can lead to an increased risk of overdose. What’s more, many drugs, including opioids, are linked to memory loss as they cause brain damage in the struggle to soothe the pain.